Cameron Says Britain Would Fight to Keep the Falklands
[An Nahar] Prime Minister David Cameron
... has stated that he is
certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is
not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as
certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
said Sunday Britannia was prepared to fight militarily to keep the Falkland Islands if necessary, in the face of renewed Argentinian rhetoric over their future.
Cameron said Britannia had "strong defenses" in place on the islands and fast jets and troops were stationed there.
President Cristina Kirchner said this week that Argentina was forcibly stripped of the Falklands by Britannia in "a blatant exercise of 19th-century colonialism" and demanded they be handed over to Argentina.
Cameron insisted he was "absolutely clear" that Britannia would defend the islands with military force.
In an interview on BBC TV, he said: "I get regular reports on this entire issue because I want to know that our defenses are strong, our resolve is extremely strong."
Asked whether Britannia would fight to keep the islands, he replied: "Of course we would, and we have strong defenses in place on the Falkland Islands, that is absolutely key, that we have fast jets stationed there, we have troops stationed on the Falklands."
Cameron said this week that the 3,000 residents of the Falklands had a strong desire to remain British and would have a chance to express their views in a referendum on their political status to be held in March.
The islanders are expected to vote strongly in favor of continued union with Britannia.
Census data released in September showed that 95 percent of residents considered themselves to be either Falkland islanders, British, or from Saint Helena, another British overseas territory in the South Atlantic.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-07